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dmoralesbello last won the day on August 12 2016

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  1. Love your set up! I see you went with all Apex Engineered components. I did pretty much the same but kept the stock control arms which I media blasted and powder coated. I had my rack serviced but all my internals were good. Are you planning to use Apex steering knuckles as well? I'm very happy I did. Love the steering feel now. I have an electric Z power steering unit which was previously dialed almost all the way to max assist until I changed my components. I have the dial turned only half way now and it feels much more like a modern sports car.
  2. I got my hands on a JDM key "for Fairlady Z" made by Royal. The company apparently has not made these since the eighties but Irving Morales in California has a few for sale. Got it cut today and will become my regular key. Very funky Japanese look. Here's a pic with the OEM key on the left and the fancy key on the right.
  3. I think I'm getting to the point where all I've wanted to do to my Z has been done! I know it's hard to believe but I can't think of anything else. Of course, things are prone to breaking in a 40 year old plus car and I will surely be repairing whatever comes up. I had been waiting for about 8 months for a couple of back ordered parts from Apex Engineered, namely the top brackets for the steering rack and the close ratio steering knuckles. Got those in the car yesterday and I spent the morning getting the car aligned again (perfect job by Mel's Reset here in Miami). Everything seems to be sitting in the right position, car drives and brakes straight, no tire rubbing, great steering response with much tighter feel. Very happy with the felt differences after installing these parts. As always, here are a few pics.
  4. Great question! I'm in the same boat. Can't find new caps with wires to replace my corroded originals. I hope someone chimes in.
  5. Decided to paint the red T3 tension rods to match the front and rear control arms (metallic dark grey). The look is more "stockish" and much cleaner IMO. Here are some shots.
  6. Nice job! These look like a great alternative for those of us searching for a stockish look. It would be helpful to know the dimensions front to back so we can determine if they will fit in our headlight buckets without modification.
  7. Thanks very much! Here's the current link to the one I bought from Z Car Depot. It seems to be available. Maybe mine looks different from the angle of the pic but it's the same one. https://zcardepot.com/products/splash-pan-panel-engine-shield-stainless-240z-280z?variant=19281169154161
  8. Restored the engine ID plate by tediously touching up each faded or missing line, letter and number with an extra fine tip black paint pen (Testors) and magnifying glasses. Put down 3 coats of matte clear over it once finished so I don't have to do this again any time soon. I'm quite satisfied with the results.
  9. The front end work is complete: Tokico Illumina struts, Apex Engineered front crossmember, tie rods and steering knuckles, Arizona Z car aluminum oil pan, T3 tension rods, MSA anti away bar, rebuilt steering rack, Z Car Depot splash guard, powder coated stock control arms, strut housings and brake dust shields. Come to think of it, that was a lot of stuff! All the components went together well with the exception of the stock control arms which had to be "shaved" at the back so as to go properly into the new crossmember. Although they're all from different companies we were able to align the car without any problems. 
  10. Got the new Illumina struts installed in the freshly powder coated housings. Stock control arms have been media blasted and powder coated and just received the outer tie rods from Apex Engineered. Will be installing tomorrow. "Film at eleven". 😀
  11. Steering rack serviced and painted. Ready for re-installation:
  12. I'm in the middle of a major upgrade to the front end: changing the stock front cross member to a beautifully designed tubular unit from Apex Engineered and a cast aluminum oil pan from Arizona Zcar. Still to come are refreshed (media blasted and powder coated) control arms and strut housings, rebuilt steering rack and a new SS powder coated splash pan. In a couple of weeks I should also be getting new steering knuckles form Apex. Here are some pics of the job so far.
  13. After playing around with my suspension setup and changing my mind a few times as to setting the dial on my adjustable Tokico Illumina struts, I got tired of broken and lost retaining pins for the strut tower covers and decided to fabricate an easy access port for the dial on the top of the rear strut. I used a 2.5" diameter screw cap and "neck" from a juice bottle (hard clear plastic) and adapted it to the strut tower cover. Took about an hour total time (and drinking tons of cranberry juice) but I can tune in my rear struts as easily as my fronts now.
  14. In an effort to dial back the "mod" in "resto mod" in the cabin and bring back a bit more of the vintage look I went back to green illumination on my dials (still LED, of course), and threaded my original shift knob to fit the slightly thicker short-shifter shaft. Along with the Datsun Comp steering wheel I had already changed a few weeks back I think everything comes together nicely now and looks more like a stock '78 280Z.
  15. Thank you so much for appreciating all the thought and work that have gone into my Z. Put a similar amount of work into your build and I'm sure it'll turn out just as good or better than mine. I'll be following your posts so keep 'em coming fast and furious. Great luck!
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